September 16, 2022

Sharp Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Transforming Lives

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  • Sharp Corporation celebrated its 110th anniversary on Sept 15, 2022. In its celebration, Sharp has introduced a new management system to realize transformation to give emphasis on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and raise its social value and revitalize its brand for sustainable growth. Its introduction of ESG shows the companies’ vision of providing better health, sustainable environment, and innovative solutions for the people while providing a conducive environment to grow.

    IMAGE from Sharp

    On September 15, Sharp Corporation commemorates its 110th anniversary. It started when Founder Tokuji Hayakawa established a metalworking shop in Tokyo on this day 110 years ago in 1912. Later he invented the “Ever Ready Sharp Pencil,” a twist-type mechanical pencil that would later become the origin of the corporate brand.

    Sharp is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. Sharp sets its business vision as “Changing the World with 8K+5G and AIoT”. 8K technology creates images that reveal a world beyond our everyday reality and gives birth to thrilling new discoveries, while 5G is the next generation of mobile data transmission. With its significant advances in data transmission, speed, and capacity, it delivers ultra-low latency and multi-terminal connectivity.

    On the other hand, AIoT is Sharp’s unique synthesis of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and IoT (Internet of Things), a tactile and intuitive approach created through the application of cloud connectivity and AI to a full suite of familiar everyday appliances, transforming devices from useful tools to active partners in addressing the needs of individual households and society as a whole.

    To achieve its vision, Sharp uses its three core brand businesses, Smart Life, 8K Ecosystem, and ICT, along with two device businesses, Display Devices and Electronic Devices that support them, in an integrated fashion in pursuit of “One Sharp” business.

    Based on Sharp’s business creed of “Sincerity and Creativity,” and founder Tokuji Hayakawa’s ideal to “Make products that other companies want to imitate,” Sharp has continued to introduce unique products and solutions including world-firsts and Japan-firsts to contribute to the development of society. As a result, Sharp has reached many milestones over its history of 110 years with its products and solutions. These include:

    * Introduction of AQUOS LCD TVs from 2001 and shipping of 500 million units by end of September 2020
    * Introduced Plasmacluster air purifying technology on October 2000 which incorporates also to their other products and already achieved 100 million units shipped worldwide by October 2021
    * Developed mobile phones since 1994 and delivering many featured products such as the industry-first camera-equipped mobile phone in 2000
    * Developed convection microwave ovens since 1961 and introducing Japan’s first mass production model in 1962
    * Most recently, produced face masks from February 2020 and reaching total 300 million shipment by November 2021.

    Commercialization and Industrialization of Solar Cells / IMAGE from Sharp

    Such activities over all these years have been recognized by various worldwide institutes, including IEEE(The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest academic society for electrical, electronics, information, and telecommunications engineering, recognizing three individual developments by Sharp as IEEE Milestones including “Pioneering Work on Electronic Calculators”, “Commercialization and Industrialization of Solar Cells”, and “Sharp 14-inch Thin-Film-Transistor Liquid-Crystal Display (TFT-LCD) for TV.”

    110th anniversary logo

    IMAGE from Sharp

    Sharp has created a 110th anniversary logo as a commemoration and a sign of gratitude toward the support from our stakeholders over these 110 years. The gently changing colors express transformation to a green and blue colors represents the image of ESG business.

    Business Transformation to Re-emphasize ESG

    On this 110 th anniversary year, Sharp has introduced a new management system to realize transformation to reemphasize on ESG and raise its social value and revitalize its brand for sustainable growth. Management emphasizing on ESG will be carried out under four major policies: 1) Further strengthen healthcare related business, 2) Contribution to carbon neutral, 3) Management based on HITO (people), and 4) True global company.

    IMAGE from Sharp

    (1) Further strengthen healthcare related business

    Sharp will introduce products, services, and solutions centering preventive care, such as by strengthening sensing functions installed in its home appliances, TVs and mobile devices, developing unique healthcare related sensors, and creating new healthcare related devices, along with carrying out partnership and M&A (Mergers & Acquisition) aggressively. This way, a system will be formed that measures people’s health related data naturally in various scenes and provide a solution optimum for each individual. Eventually, Sharp aims to realize people to lead a self-directing healthy living.

    (2) Contribution to carbon neutral

    Sharp will contribute to carbon neutral by reducing its GHG(Greenhouse Gas) emission and expanding renewable energy in society. Under its long-term environmental vision “Sharp Eco Vision 2050”, Sharp declares to realize net zero emission of GHG emission through its activities. As a mid-term target, Sharp aims to reduce 60% GHG emission by 2035. To realize this target, Sharp will further expand its energy solution business by developing business in aerospace and automotive appliances, expand PPA(Power Purchase Agreement) business, and accelerate research of latest technology solar cells such as perovskite for practical use. By such means, by 2030, Sharp expects to contribute in reduction of GHG emission equal to approximately 12 times emission of its in-house activity, and contribute to carbon neutrality of society.

    (3) Management based on HITO (people)

    Personnel system will be further innovated based on four perspectives: Hybrid personnel with multiple professions, Innovation-cultivating environment, Talent-based optimum personnel stationing, and Opportunity for growth provided to excellent members. The initials spell out HITO, meaning “people” in Japanese.

    Specifically, performance-based personnel system to support young talents, attractive work treatment system to gather professional personnel, fulfilled structure to support growth of personnel, and rejuvenating and speed-up of decision process will be executed to cultivate and young and spirited corporate culture.

    (4) True Global Company

    Sharp aims to expand global business by strengthening sales strategy in each region and promote management innovation. While already being recognized as a strong electronics brand in Japan, it seeks to further develop its brand worldwide to contribute to society with its featured products, solutions, services and technology.

    Specifically, development of global personnel and acceleration of partnership and M&A with global companies will be promoted, while introducing new products with latest technology simultaneously worldwide, and strengthening local-adapting products and services to raise the brand on a global scale.

    Truly, many lives have been enlightened by the trusted presence of Sharp through the years. Sharp will continue to transform the lives of the people as it serves as your friend through the years. Just like how friendship serves as a lifetime commitment, Sharp intends to keep it that way for years to come.

    In celebration of Sharp Corporation’s 110th anniversary, Sharp Philippines will conduct various activities and promotions to express its gratitude towards its customers for their support to the company over the years. These includes CSR(Corporate Social Responsibility) Activities in Public schools, B2B (Business toBusiness) exhibit this coming Sept 22-24 at the SMX Convention Center and Special promotion and giveaways on all of their Koten events for the month of September and October as well as other exhibits where 110th Sharp merchandise will be given away.

    This is a press release. Minor edits were made prior to publishing.

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